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Australia Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Pioneering Priest Fr John Therry

Last edited 19th November 2014

Irish Catholic priest Fr John Therry not only laid the foundations of the Catholic Church in Australia, he also built St Mary's Chapel which would later be reconsecrated as St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. He founded schools, lobbied for land on which to build churches, provided aid for the poor and oppressed and gave pastoral care and support to Sydney's growing number of Catholics. He also witnessed the repeal of penal laws preventing Catholics from holding office and welcomed the arrival of Australia's first bishop, the Most Rev John Bede Polding in 1834.


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Pope John Paul II, A Lead Role in Bringing Down the Berlin Wall

Last edited 9th November 2014

Saint Pope John Paul II had a "leading role" in bringing down the Berlin Wall, said Pope Francis after praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on the day the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of its fall, to a lengthy applause form pilgrims at the mention of the Polis Popes name.


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Ruins of the Berlin Wall: What They Whisper 25-Yrs Later

Last edited 9th November 2014

What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilisation to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J.


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Was the Last 'Witch' of Boston Actually a Catholic Martyr?

Last edited 4th November 2014

The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants.


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Perth, Australia Will Be Home to Legendary Prayerbook

Last edited 9th September 2014

The fate of the legendary Rothschild Prayerbook - sold at Christie's in New York eight months ago for $15.5 million - has baffled art collectors. The 500-year-old book of prayers is the most expensive illuminated manuscript in history and considered one of the most important books in existence.


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The 'Unknown Pope': How Benedict XV is Relevant Today

Last edited 4th September 2014

Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,” Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church, and his legacy of diplomacy and efforts for peace live on today.


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The 100th Anniversary of the First World War

Last edited 29th July 2014

Monday 28 July 2014 marks exactly one hundred years since the outbreak of the first world war - the global conflict that rocked Europe and the globe. During his Angelus address on Sunday 27 July, Pope Francis reflected on this anniversary, and once again urged us all to join in prayer for peace - particularly in the three crisis areas of the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine.


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D-Day landings: Australian veterans awarded France's Legion of Honour

Last edited 6th June 2014

Six Australian D-Day veterans have been given France's highest honour, 70 years after the historic World War II battle.


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Letters to Priest Reveal Jackie Kennedy's Struggle with Faith

Last edited 14th May 2014

Newly released letters between former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest reveal Kennedy's struggles to keep her faith after her husband's assassination.


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Twenty Years after Genocide, Church Helps Rwanda Heal

Last edited 7th April 2014

Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise. At first glance, this arrangement might not appear extraordinary. However, this harmonious relationship is anything but typical, because Hakizimana is responsible for the murder of N’Habimana’s husband 20 years ago.


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